On April 10, 1972, Smith Farm at Atlanta History Center opened to the public after a careful move from its original location near the contemporary intersections of North Druid Hills Road, Briarcliff Road and I-85 and subsequent restoration. Fifty years later, the farm continues to serve as a central feature of Atlanta History Center’s educational programs, creating opportunities for children and adults alike to learn about agriculture, architecture, and life in Georgia in the 1860s for both free and enslaved people.
To commemorate the occasion, Smith Farm will be activated on Sunday, April 10th. The fuzzy farm residents—Gulf Coast sheep Buster, Hercules, Maribelle, and Daisy, and Angora Goats Claud and Dorothy—will be sheared to prepare for the warmer summer months. Be sure to stop by the barn to observe these unique haircuts, see and touch the wool, and learn about the process. Next to the barn, we’re firing up the blacksmith shop for special demonstrations throughout the day. Behind the farmhouse and detached kitchen, visit the enslaved person’s cabin and speak with our Historic House Interpreter to learn about the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked on Smith Farm prior to emancipation.
Pop-up program is included in the cost of general admission.
Informational Talks & Demonstrations
- Smith Farmhouse information: 9am–4pm
- Gardens information: 9am–4pm
- Enslaved People’s Cabin information: 10am–4pm
- Blacksmithing: 10am–4pm
- Weaving and spinning: 10am–4pm
- Open Hearth Cooking: 10am–4pm
- Chair Weaving: 12–4pm
- Sheep and Goat Shearing: 1–4pm